Announced last July 2021, the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC, faced supply chain challenges during its production that caused the delay of its supposed December 2021 release. Now, the device pre-orders are set to arrive at the end of February.
Steam’s Steam Deck verified program is still ongoing where game developers were given developer kits that include “hundreds” shipped last month and plans to send out more.
The handheld device is intended for PC gamers who are always on the go and want to be able to bring their PC game library with them. It is equipped with an AMD Zen-based quad-core CPU and uses GPU based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture with 16GB RAM and up to 512GB PCIe NVMe storage.
Furthermore, it sports a 7-inch display with a 16:10 ratio used for games with the optimized games having a 1280×800 resolution. On the software side, it runs Valve’s Steam OS 3.0 based on Arch Linux that has support for games designed for Windows.
The Steam Deck will be available in three tiers starting at USD 400 for the entry-level 64GB eMMC, USD 530 with 256GB NVMe SSD, and the highest tier at USD 649 with 512GB NVMe SSD along with a premium anti-glare etched glass.
Currently, if you want to get your own device you will need to get on a waitlist. Valve is expecting new orders for all three tiers to come after Q2 2022.